January represents the month when most of the country pays honor to the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. With the passing of his wife who dedicated her life to his work and memory, along with the death of his daughter, Yolanda, this past year, we must not let his dream or efforts die over time. It is very important for all of us, black, white, yellow, brown or red to come together and pay honor to a man who died to make all of our lives better. So I challenge you to think about how you will either create an event or attend an event in your area that remembers this man.
Martin Luther King, Jr., was born on January 15, 1929 and was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Dr. King graduated from high school at the age of 15 and then went on to attend Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. Upon graduation from Morehouse he went on to attend Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania. He furthered his education by attending Boston University where he met and eventually married Coretta Scott. Together they had four children.
In 1954 he became the pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. This is where he began his civil rights activities through the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NACCP) with what we all know today as the infamous bus ride made by Ms. Rosa Parks.
In 1957 Martin was elected president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, an organization formed to provide new leadership for the civil rights movement of that day. Dr. King patterned much of his activity after the teachings of Ghandi and his Christian faith. He traveled around the country doing his best to make a difference and in 1964 he received the Nobel Peace Prize. He was the youngest man to have received this honor at the age of 35. Most of us today are very familiar with his "I Have a Dream" speech made in Washington, D.C., before over 250,000 individuals who came from around the world to help promote peace and equal rights for all.
Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., has always meant a lot to me, not only for the difference he made for our society, but also because my father, Johnny Harris, who was a pastor himself in Riverside, memorized several of his speeches and recited them at various programs during the months of January and February around the greater Inland Empire area. Also for over 10 years I've had the honor of being the Event Manager for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Los Angeles' King Week. In closing, I urge all of you to seek out through your church, local community based organizations and city activities to find a way to attend an event or activity paying honor to the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. If you have difficulty finding something, please don't hesitate to contact me via email email@example.com or call the Black Voice Newspaper for more information.
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Wendy is the founder and president of Personal Services Plus, Inc., an Event Management Company. Visit www.personalservicesplus.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.